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Court has jurisdiction to hear demoted Obas suit- Judge

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An Ogun State high court sitting in Abeokuta on Thursday has ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear a suit filed by two coronet Obas demoted by the Dapo Abiodun led administration.

The two coronet Obas, Oba Adetokunbo Tejuoso, and
Oba Martins Olufemi had filed a separate motion before justice A.A. Akinyemi challenging their demotion by the Ogun state government.

Arguing on behalf of the respondent, Barrister O. A Dankuwo said the claimant had abused court process by submitting the motion.

She said the motion filed by the two monarchs was an abuse of court process, arguing that the claimant are part of another suit filed by the 75 deposed coronet Obas. 

She said the suit filed by the 75 Obas in suit no AB/137/2020, is also pending before the same court

"The claimant had not disassociated themselves from the originating suit and the two suits are the same, she therefore asked the court to strike out the matter".

In his own submission, counsel to the claimant, Barrister Bamidele Ogundele submitted that he had responded with 8 paragraph counter affidavit to the claims of the respondent.

He submitted that the claimant have the constitutional right to file the suit, adding that the court has jurisdiction to hear the suit.

He therefore added that the objection of the defendant should therefore be strike out.

Ruling, Justice Akinyemi struck out the preliminary objection saying that the claimant did not authorised their involvement in the suit filed by the 75 coronet Obas, saying that there is no evidence to show their involvement.

He said the names of the 75 coronet Obas were not mentioned in the originating summon.

He therefore ruled in favour of the claimant, saying that the court has jurisdiction to hear the matter.